Just like art is a depiction of the times, so is science. Many scientific breakthroughs push through or not depending on the political climate where such a discovery is made. Scientists are pressured as well by the current state of the government and it affects their work especially if they require government funding for extensive clinical trials and researches. Even if a scientist’s natural curiosity and passion in doing something they truly believe in motivate them to go beyond the usual limitations of the human mind and the world, they can’t do much when it comes to traditional political bureaucracy.
In the midst of some major changes happening in Europe over the past year and in the next few years to come, many scientists fear for their scientific researches and studies and some have even left the country especially that many of them aren’t naturally-born Brits. Many of these scientists are baffled at the decision of the UK to leave the European Union because they have been collaborating with one another in the quest for scientific discoveries and innovations for the longest time and it has helped them a lot realize their scientific goals.
All of this potential came into doubt on June 23, 2016, when 51.9 percent of those who voted in the U.K. chose to leave the EU. Geim describes himself as a Euro-skeptic. Yet he watched the results of Brexit trickle in with a sense